27 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

27 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France
— 1 night
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Dieppe, France
— 1 night
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Le Mans City, France
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Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
— 3 nights
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 day
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Verdun, France
— 1 night
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Reims, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France — 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pantheon, Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame, Conciergerie, and other attractions. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris day trip planning tool.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will leave for Givenchy-en-Gohelle on the 7th (Fri).
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Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France — 1 night

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, don't miss a visit to Necropole Nationale de la Targette, then don't miss a visit to Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Maison Blanche, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Givenchy-en-Gohelle travel planner.

You can drive from Paris to Givenchy-en-Gohelle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Dieppe on the 8th (Sat).
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Dieppe, France — 1 night

Dieppe, famous for its scallops, is a seaside resort lively all year round.
You've now added Le Memorial du 19 Aout 1942 to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Le Memorial du 19 Aout 1942, see the interesting displays at Musee de Dieppe, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Dieppe Canadian Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, then look for gifts at Maison du Cidre, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dieppe trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Givenchy-en-Gohelle to Dieppe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Dieppe, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Juno Beach Centre. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Juno Beach Centre, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and then look for gifts at Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Dieppe to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel and then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel online road trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll set off for Le Mans City on the 13th (Thu).
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Le Mans City, France

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, then delve into the distant past at Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, and finally contemplate the long history of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Le Mans City trip planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Le Mans City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Le Mans City are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Chaumont-sur-Loire.
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Chaumont-sur-Loire, France — 3 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire as well as Chateau de Chambord. Venture out of the city with trips to La Balade des Fromages (in Blere) and Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux).

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Chaumont-sur-Loire online holiday planner.

Drive from Le Mans City to Chaumont-sur-Loire in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Chaumont-sur-Loire are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France — 3 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Grotte de Rouffignac, The Maison Forte de Reignac and Lascaux Caves 4. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux Caves 4, then make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and then step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Grotte de Font de Gaume, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac, don't miss a visit to Grotte du Grand Roc, then see the interesting displays at Abri Pataud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Chaumont-sur-Loire to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chaumont-sur-Loire in October, you will find days in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll set off for Marseille on the 20th (Thu).
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Marseille, France — 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 20th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally walk around Le Palais de Justice.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marseille online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will leave for Monte-Carlo on the 21st (Fri).
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 1 day

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and finally make a trip to Place du Palais.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Monte-Carlo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Monte-Carlo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 1 night

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary maker app.

Nice is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Place de l'Horloge, Pont du Gard and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, snap pictures at Pont du Gard, then don't miss a visit to Place de l'Horloge, then steep yourself in history at Place Crillon, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Avignon. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Traboules du Vieux Lyon as well as Vieux Lyon. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

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Getting from Avignon to Lyon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Avignon in October: highs in Lyon hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. You'll set off for Verdun on the 25th (Tue).
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Verdun, France — 1 night

The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fort Douaumont, Fort de Vaux and Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun. On the 25th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Fort Douaumont and then steep yourself in history at Fort de Vaux.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Verdun trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Verdun takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Reims.
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Reims, France — 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Champagne Taittinger and then do a tasting at Champagnes Pommery. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi, learn about winemaking at La Maison Mumm, then make a trip to Place Drouet-d'Erlon, and finally ponder the design of Fontaine Sube.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Reims holiday site.

You can drive from Verdun to Reims in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in Reims, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), you're off to home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Monaco travel guide

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Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.
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